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Tune in tonight at 9:30pm EST for a new episode of Mr.D’s fourth season.Check out the episode synopsis, photo and links to the promotional video further below. Share your thoughts, speculations and predictions in the comments section below!
Gerry’s former pupil, Maya is back at Xavier as a student teacher and Gerry is having difficulty accepting her as an adult. Robert tries too hard to be cool while attempting to connect with a student, and Bobbi works to prove her femininity to Malik amidst a school wide outbreak of lice.(CBC)
How will Maya respond to Gerry’s reluctance to accept her as an adult?How will this affect her work at Xavier Academy and the dynamics amongst staff and students?How will Bill and Gerry’s friendship be impacted as a result of Gerry’s reluctance to accept Maya as an adult?Do you think Maya and Bill are a serious couple?
Why is Robert trying to connect with this particular student and how will his extreme efforts backfire as the student deals with his attempts?What causes Bobbi to prove her femininity and to what extents will she resort to in order to prove herself?Will she be successful and how will others at Xavier Academy respond while she goes through this crisis of sorts?
Visit http://www.cbc.ca/mrd/ for a trailer of the episode!
Share your thoughts and speculations in the comments section below.
Indeed, season 4 of CBC’S Mr. D will debut in Winter 2015 with an exact date to be announced within the upcoming period.
Production of season 4 of Mr. D wrapped recently and filmed in various locations throughout Halifax.
At the end of the third season, Gerry made a strategic decision to decline a St. Pat’s Phys Ed teaching position. However he still desperately wants a Phys Ed teaching position and will actually have the chance to really show his capabilities. “He will have the chance to show off some real athletic prowess as coach of the senior boys’ championship basketball team “No more grade 5 girls volleyball, says a report from the CBC.
According to the report, Gerry will also continue to have clashes about his unique teaching style with many of the regulars viewers have become acquainted with, but also some new students and staff. Some of these new characters will actually turn out to be a match for Gerry’s inappropriate behaviour.
Stay tuned for more details on the fourth season of the show and for some exclusive interviews with various cast members of the show throughout the coming months.
What are your thoughts on Gerry coaching the senior championship basketball team and do you think this will be a step in stone to aid him in reaching his goal to become a Gym teacher? How will the dynamics change at Xavier academy as other inappropriate characters integrate? Share your speculations and predictions in the comments section.
Indeed, the season 3 premiere date for the third season of Mr. D is quickly approaching! Be sure to tune in on February,24 @ 9:00pm eastern standard time on CBC.
As such, CBC has released a promotional snapshot of Gerry Dee in an upcoming episode.The photo below shows Gerry Dee in his new role as a substitute teacher for Gym!
What is your response to the photo? Do you think Gerry”s teaching style and professionalism will differ from his approach to educating students in the subject of Social Studies which is unqualified to teach?If so, how?Share your response in the comments section.
Indeed, the season premiere of Mr. D is quickly approaching its debut date of February 24 @ 9:00pm eastern standard time.As such, CBC has released a new sneak peak of a scene from the impending third season which shows Gerry Dee encountering a mishap just before he is about to take up a lesson.
Take a look at the clip directly below and share your response to it in the comments section.
Mark Forward has led a reputable career within the Canadian entertainment industry as both a comedian and actor.
The talented actor was born and raised in Oakville. He achieved his first notable success in 2005 when he earned a position as a finalist in the Phil Hartman Awards and a 2005 Canadian Comedy Award-winner for Best Stand-up Newcomer.
Subsequent to his initial success, in 2006 Forward participated in the Just For Laugh Festival where he won the Canadian Homegrown Comic Competition as well as the Halifax Comedy Festival where he recently made his third appearance.
Forward has also earned his reputation from appearances on notable TV programs and commercials including ,Degrassi:The New Generation, The Newsroom and Doc. Furthermore his appearances include series such as TMN’S Living in Your Car and the popular life time series, The Double Wedding.
Mark’s involvement with the on the Jon Dore Television show as writing staff led to him being bestowed the Canadian Comedy Award in 2008 for Writing on a TV Series.
For the past 3 years, Mark has also been working on CBC’S hit sitcom, Mr. D as the peculiar and often hostile and unstable librarian,Mr. Leung.With the show approaching its debut date for season 3 and Mark willing to chat for a brief interview, we discuss a variety of aspects related to his involvement with the series.
Read the complete interview with Mark Forward below.
Abbas Karimjee:Lets start by discussing how you were appointed to the role of Leung. Did you audition or were you contacted? Could you please walk us through this initial process, with reference to your overall reactions?
Mark Forward:Well, I started in the writers room. At first, they were interested in me playing the Role of Dwyer, which Maestro Fresh Wes now plays so well. When that didn’t pan out, I was then offered the role of the Librarian. Which at that point, had none of the crazy and fun stuff that Leung now entails. I’m glad it worked out his way in the end, I mean, who would want to play a cruel and strange slightly Chinese Librarian.
AK:How have you related to the character of the Leung?
MF:I don’t think anyone can relate with Leung.
AK:This season Leung and Lisa had quite a few negative encounters as a result of Leung’s hatred for Lisa as evidenced from various instances including explicit comments expressing his disgust towards her despite her attempts to develop a friendship. Why do you think Leung feels this way and how would you like to see this relationship develop in the coming season?
MF:Well in season two we explored this, and it was revealed that Leung felt thought Lisa might have been in love with him.
AK:With Mr.D approaching its third season, what are you able to reveal about what is in store for the show’s third season as well as for the character of Leung?
MF:Well, it’s a toss up between, One, He purchases a Camel, named Walter. It only has six weeks to live, and he must get it to South America, where a camel doctor has the only medicine that can save him. Or Two, more library stuff and interacting with Gerry.
AK:Since Little Mosque on the Prairie , Mr. D has achieved record breaking ratings for CBC.Why do you think the show resonates with such a large audience?
MF:I think Gerry has a huge following through out his career, and does really well on the show. And I think the writing team (not bias) is really great and care about the project.
AK:Do you think Mr D is reflective of Canadian culture, particularly through the way in which it explores some of its primary themes such as the presence of unqualified teachers within the educational system, relationships amongst staff members as well as how staff relate to students and e.t.c? How exactly do you feel the way these themes are conveyed actually reflect Canadian culture?
MF:I have no idea, nor am I going to pretend I do. I think its a fun show, I have no idea if it reflects anything, or anywhere.
AK:What are your most favorite moments from Mr. D , either on screen or offscreen.
MF:Love working with Jon Torrens, it’s always so fun. One of the nicest people you will ever meet. And so fun to be on set with. When we have scenes together, I rarely can keep a straight face.
AK.What message do you have for fans of Mr D?
MF:Make sure to separate your garbage.
AK:Have you been working on any other projects which you would like to share with readers?
MF:I will be appearing on John Oliver’s New York Stand up Show on Comedy Central. And just finished a movie with Alison Brie, Colin Hanks and Justin Chatwin called “No Stranger than Love” directed by Nick Wernham.
Bette MacDonald has been leading a distinguished and successful career within the Canadian entertainment industry on TV, radio and on stage performances for over 20 years.
Bette’s active involvement within the industry is evident from notable tasks which she has undertaken such as appearing at the Canadian Winnipeg Comedy festival as well as working alongside Symphony Nova Scotia. The latter of the two performances was such a success that she was brought back for an unexpected yet highly appreciated two night encore presentation.
For the past five years, Bette and her husband, Maynard Morrision have been working on a holiday special known as “Tis The Season ” with it having been critically acclaimed and it has been selling out major halls since its inauguration.The production was in-fact such a success that it has consistently received standing ovations.
More recently, the actress has been starring as the tough yet kind-hearted secretary, Trudy Walsh in CBC’S hit sitcom Mr.D. With the show having been renewed for a third season and the actress being kind enough to participate in an interview with me we extensively discuss her involvement with the show. Particularly, we discuss aspects of how she has related to her character, how thew character of Trudy interacts with other characters on the show as well as what is in store for the third season of Mr. D. The delightful actress also reflects on the success of Mr. D as well as the other projects which she has been working on.
Read through the complete interview below.
Abbas Karimjee:Lets start by discussing your appointment to the role of Trudy. Were you contacted or did you audition? Could you please walk us through this initial process?
Bette MacDonald:Sure Abbas. I was contacted by producer, Mike Volpe who told me about the show idea and the character. He said that both he and Gerry thought that I would be right for the part, so they asked me to read for it. I’m so glad it worked out.
AK:How have you related to the character of Trudy?
BM:Well, I love playing this character. Love it. Trudy doesn’t suffer fools, she speaks her mind and she has a great sense of style (thank you Martha Curry for the best wardrobe ever!) I believe that when she’s not working, Trudy is living a fabulous life that her colleagues may never learn about. Maybe she’ll be George Clooney’s new girlfriend!
AK:What challenges have you had to overcome to portray the character of Trudy?
BM:I don’t find the character challenging. I understand her and I probably shouldn’t say this but I think Trudy and I are similar in some ways. Oh Dear.
AK:Trudy takes great pleasure in competing with and tormenting Robert as evidenced in various ways such as when they were competing for a gift to buy Callaghan. How do you think Trudy feels about Robert and how would you describe the two’s working relationship?
BM: It’s very likely that Trudy has been at the school a lot longer than Robert. He probably came to the school with a big attitude and big plans which, needless to say, would not sit well with Trudy. In her heart of hearts, I believe she cares for Robert. There are moments when she feels sorry for him. Poor Robert. Such a knob. The fact that Robert is played by the freakishly talented and darling Jonathan Torrens makes those scenes a joy to perform. I just love working with him.
AK:Trudy does not tolerate Gerry’s incompetence as seen from how she reminds of him of his responsibility to perform basic tasks, such as completing attendance and handing in forms. How would you describe the two’s working relationship and how do you think Trudy’s no nonsense attitude with Gerry speaks to her personality?
BM:Trudy will not tolerate any kind of disruption of her perfect system. She is the type of gal who, by night is probably the life of the party but by day runs a well oiled machine of her making. She probably has a system that has been working perfectly for years and here comes Gerry who will have to learn the hard way, that forms must be filled in and returned immediately! Poor Gerry has to learn everything the hard way, doesn’t he.
AK:Trudy often gets irritated when she feels as though she is being undervalued as the mere secretary at Xavier academy such as when Lisa put on a show on secretary appreciation day which suggested that her main role was as the coffee lady for the principal. How do you feel Trudy generally feels she is viewed by her colleagues , in terms of how she contributes to the overall operation of Xavier academy. How do you feel that the way she views the treatment she receives from others impacts her relationships with the staff members, in general?
BM:It was so hard to play angry while those sweet, lovely kids were doing their little play. I had a hard time not cracking up. Poor Lisa, her intentions are so good. It’s in the execution that she has some trouble. Trudy runs a tight ship. She’s aware of everything that goes on at the school. I’ve heard that every school has someone, usually a secretary, who has the keys to all the locks, who knows where the bodies are buried, who must not be crossed….. at Xavier, that person is Trudy. I believe her colleagues learn that Trudy is not to be messed with.
AK:This past season we have seen Trudy and Lisa develop a friendship of sorts as seen by how they spent time after work. Why do you think they have connected together and grow would you like to see this develop?
BM:Trudy feels sorry for Lisa. She’s a sweet girl who tries too hard. Trudy first started going out for the odd drink with Lisa because she likes drinks so much but eventually she began to like her. Trudy is kind, I think but one should never mistake kindness for weakness. Especially not in the case of Trudy Walsh.
AK:What are you able to tell us about what might be in store for the coming season of Mr D, both for the show in general as well as specifically for the character of Trudy?
BM:This season, we laughed more, had a harder time getting through scenes without cracking up. This season is the funniest of the three. The characters have developed even further, their relationships are more intricate and the writing, which has always been wonderful, continues to get stronger. I laugh out loud when I read these scripts. The character Gerry is revealing some very interesting layers while continuing to be hilarious. The real Gerry is hilarious and knows exactly what he wants this show to be. He has maintained from the beginning that he wants the show to be real and as funny as it can be. He has been very successful. Right on Gerry!
AK:What are some of your favourite memories from working on the show thus far , either onscreen or offscreen?
BM:There are many. I love working with these people. It begins with Gerry who is an extraordinarily funny and kind man. The cast is a group of talented actors and comedians who love to work. They will do whatever it takes to serve the scene. The best memories so far involve doing scenes that are so funny that you spend your entire work day laughing. In this season I was in a scene that is the funniest thing I’ve ever been a part of. I can’t say what it is but when you see it, you’ll know what I mean. It’s the actor I share the scene with who makes it so funny. The kids in this cast are very talented and mature, far more mature than many of the “adult” actors. We have so much fun with them. And without them, we sometimes meet in a local pub after a day of shooting. Love those nights and hope to have many more.
AK:Mr D has achieved record-breaking ratings on CBC since the debut of CBC’S hit sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie with the series premiere earning a 1.3 million rating. Why do you think the show resonates with such a large audiences?
BM:Everyone can relate to this show. We’ve all had the school experience. There is a big teacher following, of course. It’s a liberating thing to be able to laugh at some of the absurdity that the educational atmosphere can create and to know that you are not the only one who sees it and understands it. More importantly, perhaps, is that the show is so funny and smart. This show doesn’t talk down to the audience. Everything is not spelled out, we know our audience is bright and is along for the ride. There is an old theatre expression, “If it’s not on the page, it’s not on the stage,” so we cannot overstate the importance of the writing team. They are some of the best in the business.
AK:What message do you have for fans of the show, with MR.D approaching its third season?
BM:Well, first of all, I want to thank them for tuning in week after week. I can say, without reservation, that season 3 is the funniest yet. We are extremely fortunate to be able to work in this business and we don’t take that for granted. We know how valuable the audience is and we can’t wait for them to see what’s coming!
AK:Are you working on other acting projects which you would like to share with readers?
BM:Yes! I am currently writing our holiday show that we tour in December. It began as a one nighter and we are now going into our seventh tour. I’m also writing and preparing for a show that I’ll be doing in March with Symphony Nova Scotia. This will be my third show with them. I love working with them. They are superb musicians and lovely people. We take a very interactive approach. It’s challenging and horrifying in many ways but I love it!
Thank you for asking me these questions. I love talking about Mr. D.!
Take a look at a clip from the coming season of Mr. D directly below.
The clip features the character of Gerry Dee attempting to discourage the #1 pick in the 2013 NHL draft Nathan MacKinnon, from pursuing a career in hockey since Gerry himself was unable to succeed in that pursuit. Share your response to the clip in the comments section.
The third season of Mr. D will debut at some point in March 2013, with an exact date to be finalized by CBC later this month. Stay tuned a report from the blog!
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CBC has advised the blog that the third season of Mr. D will likely debut post winter 2014 Olympics.
Naomi Snieckus has issued a statement via Twitter which seems to confirm this outcome stating that the upcoming third season will debut in March 2014.
While an exact date has not been established at this time, the CBC has advised us that a final date will likely be set by October 2013.
The third season of Mr. D will consist of 8 episodes and will focus heavily on storylines surrounding the main characters, with particular focus on the character of Gerry Dee. The character will begin to have opportunities to teach physical education, a course he is actually qualified to teach as opposed to merely teaching social studies of which he has little knowledge about.
Further information on the third season can be seen by visiting .http://abbaskarimjeeweblog.com/2013/08/04/gerry-dee-discusses-season-3-of-mr-d/.
Sniekus has also created,written and acted in the web series, The CastingRoom.biz.The actress has also appeared in the Martin Short Special, I MartinShort and won the CCA 2010 award for best female improviser.The extraordinary actress also serves as the founding member of the Canadian award winning troupe,The National Theatre of the World.com.
More recently,Naomi has been involved with CBC’S hit sitcom,Mr. D where for the past two seasons,she has been portraying the tough and authoritative yet highly respected gym teacher,Bobbi.
With Mr D approaching its third season and Naomi willing to participate in a interview with me, we discuss the ways in which she has related to the character, Bobbi’s previous storylines in the recent second season with her on and off again boyfriend ,Craig and her working relationship with the character of Gerry as well as her reflections on the success of Mr. D.
Furthermore, we discuss the extent to which Mr. D reflects truths about aspects of the Canadian educational system, other projects the actress is involved in as well as much more.
Read through the complete interview below!
Abbas Karimjee: Lets start by discussing your appointment to the role of Bobbi. Were you contacted or did you audition? Could you please walk us through this initial process?
Naoimi Snieckus:I was at the original table read for the FIRST pilot at CBC. After that I still had to audition for the pilot, which I did. I remember I had to bring my dogs to the audition – probably helped me keep my cool – I did the audition and then forgot about the part. I was visiting my mother a little while later and got “the call” that I was flying to Halifax the next day to shoot the pilot – not as exotic as flying to Los Angeles – but I was still VERY excited!
AK:How have you related to the character of Bobbi?
NS:I like Bobbi’s “no-nonsense” approach to things and I’m VERY good at sports. Oh..and I too always wear a whistle but it’s just an accessory really.
AK:What are some of the challenges you have had to overcome in portraying the character of Bobbi?
NS:I’m used to wearing very high heels and pencil skirts every day in normal life – plus I like to spend 2-3 hours doing my hair and make up. Playing Bobbi- I wear track suits and put my hair in a pony tail….it’s VERY challenging to find a way of spending those extra hours.
AK:You have worked on both animated productions such as Franklin and Cat in the Hat as well as set productions such as Mr. D. Which type of acting do you prefer and why?
NS:I love that in my career I get to do a little bit of everything – I also have an improv company called The National Theatre of the World (www.thenationaltheatreoftheworld.com) so being able to perform live helps me keep my comedy muscles strong.
AK:Bobbi and Gerry have had their differences clearly displayed through various episodes , including how she refused to hire him for a gym teaching position when there was an opening and more recently in the finale, passing him down for a chance to lead a senior boys basketball team at Xavier Academy. We have also seen numerous instances when Bobbi has taken great pleasure in deceiving and teasing Gerry.-How do you think Bobbie feels about Gerry and why do you think this is the case? Generally, how would you describe the two’s working relationship?
NS:They are like Scully and Mulder, Sony and Cher, 2 of the 3 Stooges – they HAVE to work together but it’s challenging. At least they speak a common language – sports – they’ll always have that…they’ll always have the courts.
AK:This past season we see Bobbi’s hostile and somewhat oppressive interactions with her on and off again boyfriend, Craig. What do you think the character’s behavior with Craig speaks to her personality and how would you like to see the two’s relationship develop in the coming season?
NS:I think the writers wrote some great stuff for Bobbi and Craig – I mean, he’s an ACTUAL Calvin Klein Model – it’s a fantastic bit of comedy that those two would ever be together. As far as Season 3 and where things go…I can’t speak about that, I’ve been sworn to secrecy! There’s definitely some surprises in store for Bobbi!
AK:With Mr. D approaching its third season, what are you able to tell us about what might be in store , both for the show in general as well as for character of Bobbi in particular?
NS:HA…nice try, I still can’t tell you about Season 3…you’re going to have to tune in…but let’s just say Bobbi and Gerry wrestle some big ideas together!
AK: What are your favorite onscreen or off-screen memories, thus far, from working on Mr D?
NS:We have so much fun on and off screen. The cast and directors we’ve had keep our set really fun so that even when the camera ISN’T rolling we’re still having laughs.
AK: Mr D has achieved record-breaking ratings on CBC since the debut of CBC’S hit sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie with the series premiere earning a 1.3 million rating. Why do you think the show resonates with such a large audiences?
NS:I think everyone can relate to this show cause we’ve all been taught by teachers like Gerry, or Lisa, or Simon, or Bobbi – and there’s a lot of teachers that see themselves in the show.
AK:How do you think the show’s depiction of how staff members relate to one another as well as to the student and parent body is representative of real life interactions within the Canadian educational system?
NS:Because the writing is based largely on Gerry’s real life job as a teacher – everything has a level of truth to it. I love that about this show.
AK:You have appeared in a variety of Canadian series including Little Mosque on the Prairie,Ron James Show, Being Erica and Wingin’ It, Why do you think viewers should take an interest in Canadian programming and particularly, what value, in general, does Canada’s diverse programming offer?
NS:I think there is great TV being made in Canada –both in comedy and drama.If we want to continue to grow as an industry it has to be supported by our country.There’s so many ways of having your voice, your opinion heard about these shows on social network- so I think we should talk about it as much as possible. Folks like you are helping for sure!
AK:What message do you have for fans of the show, with Mr. D approaching season 3?
NS:If you like to laugh, you should watch…if you don’t like to laugh…what is WRONG with you?
AK:What activities do you participate in during your spare time?
NS:Running The National Theatre of the World (with my partner Matt Baram) keeps me really busy. We have regular shows in Toronto (I Seen You on TV the last Wed of every month at The Drake) and tour internationally. We are also part of the upcoming YYComedy Festival in Calgary (www.yycomedy.ca).We’ve been a company for 5 years now and we’re working on pitching our own TV shows presently. We have a residency at Soulpepper Theatre so we are doing improv shows there (like The Script Tease Project) and hosting an upcoming international improv festival in December. www.thenationaltheatreoftheworld.com @the_NTOW.